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A collection of Horizon League releases and blog entries.

Women's Basketball Weekly Release #19 - NCAA Tournament and WNIT Preview

Release  Horizon League · March 13, 2007

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March 13, 2007

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2007 Horizon League All-Tournament Team

Nicole Soulis, UW-Green Bay (MVP)
Senior * Forward * Green Bay, Wis.
Soulis picked up MVP honors at the 2007 Horizon League Women's Basketball Championship after winning Player of the Year accolades for the second-straight season earlier in the week. The six-foot-two forward averaged 14.7 points and 9.3 rebounds while shooting 66.7 percent from the floor as the Phoenix took home the championship. She saved her best for last with 21 points and a season-high 13 rebounds in the title game. Soulis has now earned a spot on the All-Tournament team three times in her career at UWGB.

Natalie Berglin, UW-Green Bay
Senior * Guard * Green Bay, Wis.
Berglin earned All-Tournament recognition for the first time in her career, averaging 13.3 points and four assist per contest in the loop summit. She drained seven-of-14 shots from long distance and committed just five turnovers in three outings.

Softball Weekly Release #4

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Player of the Week

Jherica Williams, Wright State
Junior * OF * Piqua, Ohio
Williams led the Raiders to three wins in four games at the Eagle Round Robin in Morehead, Kentucky, hitting .538 with two homers, two doubles and eight runs scored in the four games. She went two-for-three in Saturday's game versus Oakland, hitting her first collegiate home run, and scoring twice. Williams then doubled and homered in Sunday's game against Oakland.

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Tennis Weekly Release #8

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Horizon League Men's Tennis Athlete of the Week

Diego Cerzosimo
Youngstown St., So., Campanos, Brazil
Cerzosimo played at No. 2 singles for the first time on Monday night against Colby-Sawyer College with excellent results picking up the 6-1, 7-6 (1) victory. Cerzosimo also won his singles match from Sunday against Wesleyan 6-4, 6-3. Cerzosimo joined teammate Brian Meek to won both his doubles matches on the spring break trip as well.

Horizon League Women's Tennis Athlete of the Week

Butler, Wright State prepare for opening round of NCAA Championship

Release  Horizon League · March 12, 2007

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March 12, 2007

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Butler, Wright State Carry Horizon League Banner into NCAA Championship

For the first time in four years, the Horizon League has two entries in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship. Regular-season co-champions Butler and Wright State represent the League at HSBC Arena in Buffalo, N.Y., with the fifth-seeded Bulldogs of BU opening Midwest Region play Thursday versus 12th seed Old Dominion (24-8). Wright State (23-9), which earned the automatic berth by defeating Butler 60-55 in the final of the Horizon League Men's Basketball Championship last Tuesday (March 6), carries a No. 14 seed into its West Regional game Thursday versus third seed Pittsburgh (27-7).

Butler enters the national summit with a 27-6 overall record, including a 13-3 League ledger. The Bulldogs were picked to finish sixth in the League's preseason poll, but gained national attention in November by winning the NIT Season Tip-Off tournament. Butler opened with victories over in-state rivals Notre Dame and Indiana, then knocked off top-25 teams Tennessee and Gonzaga to claim the crown.

Butler quickly moved into the top 25 on its own, and subsequently became the first team in Horizon League history to enter the national top ten when the AP voters installed the Bulldogs as their No. 10 team and the ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll voters put Butler ninth in their rankings in early February.

UW-Green Bay slated to play New Mexico in NCAA Tournament, UIC represents League in WNIT

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March 12, 2007

No. 8 New Mexico vs. No. 9 UW-Green Bay
Green Bay, Wis. - The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay women's basketball team knows its dance partner, as the Phoenix were tabbed the No. 9 seed in the Fresno Regional and will take on No. 8 seed University of New Mexico on Sunday, March 18 at 7 p.m. in a game televised by ESPN2. The contest will be played at the Hartford Civic Center in Hartford, Conn.

The winner of that matchup will advance to take on the winner of top-seed Connecticut and No. 16 UMBC, which will be played 30 minutes after the conclusion of the UW-Green Bay/New Mexico game.

The Phoenix (28-3) enters the NCAA Tournament on a 25-game winning streak and fresh off a 91-64 victory over Butler University in the 2007 Horizon League Championship game on Sunday afternoon. UWGB is No. 22 in this week's Associated Press poll and is making its ninth NCAA Tournament appearance in program history.

New Mexico (24-8) is in the Big Dance for the sixth-consecutive season, earning an automatic bid after capturing the Mountain West Conference title, 63-49, against Brigham Young University on Saturday.

Wright State guard DaShaun Wood takes time out for a Q&A with the Horizon League

Release  Horizon League · March 12, 2007

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March 12, 2007

How does it feel to be headed to the "Big Dance"?

It has been one of the greatest feelings I have ever experienced. The only way I can explain it would be, being there in person.

Had you previously rehearsed those dancing moves you put on display in the waning seconds of the Horizon League Championship?

No, it was the only dance I could think of at the time.

No. 22 UW-Green Bay Tops Butler For Title

Release  Horizon League · March 11, 2007

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March 11, 2007

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Nicole Soulis scored 21 points and Amanda Popp added 18 to help No. 22 Wisconsin-Green Bay cruise by Butler 91-64 on Sunday in the Horizon League championship game.

The Phoenix (28-3) have won 25 straight games and have made the NCAA tournament for the eighth time in 10 seasons.

UW-Green Bay captures Horizon League Women's Basketball Championship with 91-64 victory over Butler

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March 11, 2007

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Nicole Soulis scored 21 points and Amanda Popp added 18 to help No. 22 UW-Green Bay cruise by Butler, 91-64, on Sunday in the Horizon League championship game.

Butler, Wright State carry Horizon League banner into NCAA Championship

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Indianapolis, Ind. -- For the first time in four years, the Horizon League has two entries in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship. Regular-season co-champions Butler University and Wright State University represent the League at HSBC Arena in Buffalo, N.Y., with the fifth-seeded Bulldogs of BU opening Midwest Region play Thursday versus 12th seed Old Dominion University (24-8). Wright State (23-9), which earned the automatic berth by defeating Butler 60-55 in the final of the Horizon League Men's Basketball Championship last Tuesday (March 6), carries a No. 14 seed into its West Regional game Thursday versus third seed University of Pittsburgh (27-7).

Butler enters the national summit with a 27-6 overall record, including a 13-3 League ledger. The Bulldogs were picked to finish sixth in the League's preseason poll, but gained national attention in November by winning the NIT Season Tip-Off tournament. Butler opened with victories over in-state rivals University of Notre Dame and Indiana University, then knocked off top-25 teams University of Tennessee and Gonzaga University to claim the crown.

Butler quickly moved into the top 25 on its own, and subsequently became the first team in Horizon League history to enter the national top ten when the AP voters installed BU as their No. 10 team and the ESPN/USAToday coaches' poll voters put Butler ninth in their rankings. Coach Todd Lickliter's Bulldogs rank seventh among the national leaders in scoring defense---holding opponents to 57.2 points per game---and top the NCAA Division I charts with an average of 9.4 turnovers per contest.

UW-Green Bay captures Horizon League Women's Basketball Championship with 91-64 victory over Butler

Release  Horizon League · March 11, 2007

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March 11, 2007

No. 1 UW-Green Bay 91, No. 3 Butler 64 - Box Score | Championship Gallery

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Nicole Soulis scored 21 points and Amanda Popp added 18 to help No. 22 UW-Green Bay cruise by Butler, 91-64, on Sunday in the Horizon League championship game.

The Phoenix (28-3) has won 25-straight games and has made the NCAA tournament for the eighth time in 10 seasons.

UW-Green Bay took an early 13-0 lead en route to its season-high point total and never looked back. The Bulldogs (16-15), who played in the League championship game for the first time since 1997-98, have lost 22-straight games to the Phoenix since 1999.

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